* Update: There will be a horsepower challenge and DYNO testing at this year's MINI Thunder

Hello all!  For the fourth straight year, Mini Mania is excited to announce that we are a primary sponsor and participant in Stormin' Norman's Mini Thunder!  Join us for this all day track event of HPDE (High Performance Driving Event) at the SCCA track in Willows, CA.  The number of entries is limited to 120 MINI/Minis. This will give enough time and instructors for every driver. There will be groups ranging from first timers to advanced.  

Here is a breakdown of what you need to know:

Event: Stormin Norman's Mini Thunder IV

When: Sunday Feb 17, 2013 - Thunderhill will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, you are welcome to come out early and check out the facilities and watch the happenings!

Time: 6am-6pm - Track opens at 7am starting with registration, check-in, breakfast, "All Hands" meeting and car tech inspection.

Where: Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows CA - Map

Cost: $199 per driver or $275 for two drivers sharing a Mini. 

Cost Includes: loads of track time, turn workers, tow-trucks, flaggers, instructors, lunch, & t-shirts. For shared entries the 1st t-Shirt is included for the primary driver and the second to be purchased @ $15 in sizes of S,M,L, XL, 2XL.

Sunday Lunch:

Slow cooked pulled pork

Chicken teriyaki with pineapple

Coconut rice

Steamed veggies

Bread and butter




Click here for online registration

Click here to download "Driver's Checklist"

Click here for full schedule

Official Mini Thunder Website


Hope to see you there!




Saturday Night Dinner & Casino Night

The event begins with a social, meet & greet with no host (beer & wine) bar from 6:00-6:30PM on Saturday Feb. 16 in the club house. There will be a pre-registration set up there as well. If you have purchased the Saturday night dinner you will get a ticket. If not, you will have to purchase dinner at the door. Dinner will be served between 6:00-7:30PM.

Each participant will receive a 500 MINI Thunder Bill that can be exchanged for chips.  There will be gaming tables set up (Poker, Black Jack, and Craps). The gambling is for enjoyment & entertainment only. No playing for real money. There will be a table with Door Prizes, and you will be able to purchase items off the table with your winnings. The MINI Thunder Bills have no cash value and can only be used to purchase prizes.  



Before the Casino Night fun starts there will be a no host dinner and no host bar.  This will be put on by Thunderhill Grill.  Dinner will be $17/person and the menu will consist of:

Pistachio Chicken with a light Dijon cheese sauce

Tortellini Florentine

Rice pilaf

Steamed vegetables

Spinach salad with feta, walnuts, tomatoes, wontons and a poppyseed dressing

Bread and butter


Coffee service




Places to stay in Willows:



Economy Inn

(530) 934-4224

435 N. Tehama Street

WillowsCA 95988





Holiday Inn Express Willows

(877) 859-5095

545 Humboldt Ave

WillowsCA 95988





Motel 6

(530) 934-7026

452 N. Humboldt Ave. (I-5 at SR 162, Exit #603)

WillowsCA 95988


Click here for more places to stay in Willows, CA


Places to eat in Willows:



Nancy's Airport Cafe

353 County Road G







Casa Ramos


247 N. Humboldt






Willows Black Bear Diner


246 N Humboldt Ave.

WillowsCA 95988



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